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IGEL’s Jed Ayres Named Gold Winner in the 10th Annual Golden Bridge Awards, Most Innovative Executive of the Year

IGEL recognized for its transformational pivot from a hardware-based company to a software-first organization

The Golden Bridge Awards IGELSan Francisco, Oct. 3, 2018 – IGEL, a world leader in endpoint security and optimization software for the secure enterprise, today announced that Jed Ayres, President and CEO of IGEL North America has earned the prestigious Gold status in the Golden Bridge Awards®, Most Innovative Executive of the Year, 100-499 employees, category.

Ayres was recognized for his instrumental role in charting IGEL’s organizational pivot from a hardware-focused company to a software-first end user computing organization. This transformation was initially powered by an innovative and pervasive, Tesla sweepstakes, marketing campaign which ultimately resulted in 5,700 new evaluation requests and 1,888 completed product demos in under nine months, which led to $8.3 million in new sales opportunities. The result was exponential sales growth in the U.S. market marked by a 589% increase in U.S. software license revenue.

“IGEL’s move to embrace our software heritage has been transformational, particularly for our rapid growth in the U.S. market,” said Heiko Gloge, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, IGEL. “I largely credit this growth to Jed’s innovative approach. Under his guidance, compelling marketing programs, a massive increase in social activities and unprecedented channel engagement, we’ve seen a remarkable impact in a very short time. I am thrilled to see him recognized with this esteemed award.”

The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, innovations, best deployments, product management, public relations, marketing, corporate communications, international business, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world are eligible to submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

Winners will be honored in San Francisco on Monday, October 29, 2018 during the annual Red Carpet Golden Bridge Awards Ceremony.

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About IGEL

IGEL delivers powerful unified endpoint security and optimization software that is revolutionary in its simplicity and purpose-built for the enterprise. The company’s world-leading software products include the IGEL OS™, Universal Desktop Converter™ (UDC), IGEL Cloud Gateway™ (ICG), IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions enable a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint security and optimization platform across nearly any x86 device. Additionally, IGEL’s German engineered and manufactured thin, zero and all-in-one client solutions deliver the industry’s best warranty (5 years), support (3 years after end of life) and management functionality. IGEL enables enterprises to precisely control all devices running IGEL OS as well as Windows OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit localhost:9000.

About the Golden Bridge Awards

Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring best companies in every major industry from large to small and new start-ups in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America, Best New Products and Services, Best Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, Case Studies, Customer Satisfaction, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about Golden Bridge Awards at

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